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AUB: Researchers Study Effects of “The Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Children” Intervention on Women’s Economic and Food Security Outcomes and Highlight Lessons for Similar Programs

Some of the most marginalized populations in Lebanon are Palestinian refugees who have high levels of poverty and food insecurity. The latter has been shown to threaten dietary diversity, nutritional status, as well as mental and social health. In this context, researchers from the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program in collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland led the “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Children (HKHC)” intervention.

This intervention established women-led community kitchens as social enterprises and linked them to a school food program, with the aim of improving women’s livelihoods and children’s diets at school. Researchers conducted process, formative and outcome evaluations, with two papers recently published on the lessons learned from the program, and on the effect of the intervention on participating women.

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